Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1

Morito Suganuma Jugglers Hilo

Morito Suganuma Sensei faces dueling jugglers in Hilo Hawaii – 2013 Morito Suganuma (菅沼守人) was born in Fukushima, Japan in 1942. A regional pole vaulting champion in high school, he moved on to studying Aikido with Nobuyoshi Tamura in 1963 and then entered Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1967 as one of the last uchi-deshi to train … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1 »

Mamoru Okada – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Mamoru Okada Sensei

Mamoru Okada Sensei (岡田主), 1921-2014 This is another of a type of essay that I really enjoy reading – memories of meeting and training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba from the perspective of ordinary students. In this essay Mamoru Okada recounts his memories of meeting Morihei Ueshiba in Osaka in 1949, after seeing him at a public demonstration … Continue reading Mamoru Okada – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba »

Budo – Moritaka Ueshiba’s 1938 Technical Manual

Gozo Shioda and Morihei Ueshiba

Ushiro technique – Gozo Shioda and Morihei Ueshiba in “Budo”, 1938 First there was “Budo Renshu” (武道練習) in 1933 (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“), which was given to select students at Moritaka Ueshiba’s pre-war Kobukan Dojo as a teaching license. This work includes pictures of techniques hand drawn by Takako Kunigoshi … Continue reading Budo – Moritaka Ueshiba’s 1938 Technical Manual »

Aikijujutsu Densho – AKA Budo Renshu, by Moritaka Ueshiba

Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido Founder Morihei (Moritaka) Ueshiba “Aikijujutsu Densho” AKA “Budo Renshu”, 1934 From the early 1920’s through the end of World War II Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba used the name “Moritaka” – a name he received through his relationship with Onisaburo Deguchi (出口王仁三郎), from the word “shukou” (“Moritaka” can also be read “shukou”) that appeared in Deguchi Seishi’s Norito … Continue reading Aikijujutsu Densho – AKA Budo Renshu, by Moritaka Ueshiba »

Aikido Shihan Kenji Tomiki’s Goshinjutsu

Kenji Tomiki with Morihei Ueshiba in 1926

Around 1926 – the year Kenji Tomiki started Aikido Morihei Ueshiba next to Admiral Isamu Takeshita, Center rear: the son of Gonnohyoe Yamamoto* Lt. Colonel Kiyoshi Yamamoto Kenji Tomiki standing next to Kiyoshi Yamamoto Right: nephew of Gonnohyoe Yamamoto* Vice Admiral Eisuke Yamamoto *Admiral Gonnohyoe Yamamoto was the 16th and 22nd Prime Minister of Japan Kenji Tomiki … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Kenji Tomiki’s Goshinjutsu »